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Inquest into the death of James Vecchio announced

Thursday, February 27, 2014   by: Staff



Dr. Michael Wilson, Regional Supervising Coroner for North Region, Thunder Bay Office, today announced that an inquest will be held into the death of James Vecchio.

Mr. Vecchio, age 34, died on April 16, 2009, as a result of injuries received during his course of employment at a construction site in Sault Ste. Marie. 

An inquest is mandatory under the Coroners Act. 

The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding Mr. Vecchio's death.

The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.

The inquest is expected to last two weeks and to hear from approximately 20 witnesses.

The inquest will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014, at the Sault Ste. Marie Court House, 426 Queen St. E.

Dr. Steven Bodley will preside as inquest coroner and Daniel Mitchell will be counsel to the coroner.


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copper4 2/27/2014 4:02:43 PM Report

I was on this exact same site one year earlier digging up the same area of trench, it was very unstable, filled in as fast as we dug it up, City workers and city supervisor were right there and were made aware of this. They actually made the decision to postpone the drain work till the following year and that is when the accident happened. I contacted the union rep for Mr Vecchio and made my name available to verify soil conditions. The city of Sault Ste. Marie should be the constructor and any one else working under them is a sub-contractor on their site. I saw no accountability by the City of Sault Ste. Marie at all when this accident occurred.The union rep never called me back. I am glad to see that an inquest is being held.
Just Curious 2/27/2014 4:07:33 PM Report

Usual... Cover thy ass...
mjr 2/27/2014 4:32:42 PM Report

Over five years to address this,SHAME.
happy camper 2/27/2014 6:00:12 PM Report

I hope that there are some answers to this so as this never happens again and that the famley can get some answers and see something good come from all of this tragedy . R.I.P. Jamie, gone but never forgotten .
Resident 2/27/2014 7:28:19 PM Report

Cooper: Would you be able to attend the inquest? Present your information?
horselover2 2/27/2014 7:32:57 PM Report

So glad this is being investigated, it a long time coming,, RIP Jamie Vecchio
Sunnidelight 2/27/2014 7:35:12 PM Report

When they are old enough to fully understand, I wonder how the delay in getting some answers will be explained to the two little kids that were left behind.
boilertyme 2/28/2014 8:06:48 AM Report

Has there been a building or bridge dedicated in this mans name as a reminder. He was serving his community and lost his life providing for his family.
KENNEDY919 2/28/2014 8:41:51 AM Report

There should of been at least 20 charges laid on the City of Sault Ste.Marie by the Ministry of Labour for this accident. The Ministry of Labour gravely failed in their duties by not assessing charges to the Constructor(The City of Sault Ste.Marie)for this accident. Why were the men not out of the trench when the crane was moving towards it? Why the excavated material from the trench not used as a berm around the trench. Why was a 30 tonne crane called when a 5 tonne boom truck could of done the job? What safety orientation was given to the crane operator as to the task at hand upon his arrival at the site. Why would a 30 tonne crane move so close to the trench particularly if nobody knew about the spoil conditions around the trench. Why was the crane moved without the counter weights.There may have been some indecision as to the placement of the crane as the counter weights were not on when it moved the last time. Who from the Ministry of Labour decided that the City of SSM had no responsibility for this accident ? This inquiry is a good thing as it will show that public sector constructors are held to different standards. James Vecchio deserved more due diligence from his employer.
Drivecleat 2/28/2014 12:30:41 PM Report

Who ordered the police to lay criminal charges against the crane company? That allowed all the focus away from the true problems on site. By the time the criminal charges where settled and withdrawn the true issues on site were not considered and never pursued maybe because of time constraints or........
bubba2006 2/28/2014 1:28:46 PM Report

I smell a cover-up...happens too often in this city.
copper4 3/3/2014 11:37:31 AM Report

Resident, yes I would be available for inquest.
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